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    A joking phrase commonly heard between a surgeon and his tech is "Give me what I need, not what I ask for." Dr. Novak and his tech Dean will soon learn the impact this phrase has on life outside the operating room.

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    In his recent article in Contemporary Theories of Cultivation, Lan (2019) sets out to study the correlation between instrument choice and outcomes in the liberation of spirits. While his main thesis appears sound, his decision to limit the study to the qin, dizi, xiao and pipa undermines his conclusions.

    This decision falls prey to the fallacy that tradition cannot be questioned. It ignores, too, the fact that many practising cultivators will encounter spirits that will have no exposure to such “expectations.” In a small study comparing the use of a dizi with a theremin—undoubtedly a non-traditional choice—the theremin produced optimal outcomes in liberating spirits where: time since death was less than 6 months; spirit was younger than 25 and older than 17 at time of death; or spirit motivation included aspects of revenge. The conclusions reached in Lan (2019), while providing a foundation for future study, are therefore as yet incomplete.

    Mo Xuanyu
    Cultivation Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University

    Lan Wangji, Wei Wuxian, and musical cultivation: a love story, told through academic articles, emails, texts, and videos.

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    "I didn't know you knew him," John said.
    "We were friendly," Rodney said.

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    The first time Danni meets Steve McGarrett is when EMTs haul him into her ER under extreme duress, having just driven a police cruiser onto a ship. 

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    “Standard dueling rules- neither daemon is tae get involved,” Buttons proclaimed loudly, his eyes fastened on Izzy's swooping, chittering kestrel. “This ain’t a test of tooth against claw, ye ken; else a man wi’ a cuddly creature wouldnae stand a chance. Pure swordsmanship, aye.”

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    “Here,” Jim’s voice made Lucius blink out of his little reverie. “If this turns into a fight, we can at least stop the bleeding first.”

    “Yeah,” Lucius breathed, his eyes still fixed on the growing duel. “Bleeding. Sure. Wouldn’t want that.”

    “Well, I don’t wanna trip in it,” Jim said as they took his hand, and Lucius had no idea if they were joking.

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